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Tuesday, October 7 2003

Cromwell (1970)

Ken Hughes' portrait of Cromwell allows him to recast the military, particularly its leaders, as betrayed by politicians of all stripes.


The Bedford Incident (1965)

Addresses the danger inherent in the military hierarchy and social isolation.


Tuesday, September 30 2003

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

'It's the juxtaposition, like Sergio Leone would do that really well.'"


Fargo (1996)

This is the film's genius, its simultaneous emulation and excavation of true crime's obsession with dull or spectacular minutiae, coupled with a refusal to make such details cohere into master plans and meanings.


Better Luck Tomorrow (2003)

'There are so many things that typify growing up in Southern California in the late '70s and early '80s. Miniature golf.'"


Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Indian and British, white and brown and black, queer and straight. It's all in the mix.


Monday, September 29 2003

Various Artists: Heartworn Highways [DVD]

No rounded biceps. No Venetian Blind-like abs. Such equipment might be vital to the trade these days, but those trappings are refreshingly absent in this raw and riveting look back to the Nashville music scene, circa 1975.


Monday, September 22 2003

The Saint Megaset

Simon Templar embroils himself in international intrigue because, well, there just isn't much else to do in Monte Carlo than help beautiful women out of jams.


John Denver and the Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday

Hearing the late Henson perform as Kermit again, so warm and enthusiastic, yet so perilously close to flippering out, is a joy unto itself.


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Complete Second Season

A show that asks us to 'assume nothing' very often lets the perps go free when the evidence doesn't prove substantial enough to secure arrests.


Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) (1987)

Wings of Desire is the most optimistic of films, finding freedom and potential in the quotidian privileges most of us take for granted.


Versus (2000)

Versus and Ichi the Killer challenge the concept of righteous motivation, offering protagonists so morally ambiguous that it's difficult to distinguish who is 'good' and who is 'evil'.


Scared Straight! (1978)

'I don't want to end up in there,' is a repeated mantra.


The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

John Malkovich and Javier Bardem shed welcome light on their thinking about this sophisticated meditation on terrorism, trust, and desire.


Sunday, September 21 2003

Pink Floyd: Classic Albums: Pink Floyd—The Dark Side of the Moon [DVD]

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: God Is in the House [DVD]

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Monday, September 15 2003

Targets (1968)

Draws parallels between Bobby and Charles Whitman, though there's a much larger issue at stake: the availability of guns, at the root of the rise of violence in America.


Hook (1991)

Hook is thoroughly watchable, often amusing, fitfully entertaining.


Enough (2002)

The first bit of news I heard on waking up this morning was that the wedding was off.


Enigma (2001)

Michael Apted speaks of his intent to make the country appear 'beautiful' and, consequently, we're spared shots of bombed-out London or casualties of any kind.


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